Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP
UDM Chief Whip
In the National Assembly
Debate on the African Union’s Agenda 2063: “The Africa We Want”
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Speaker and Honourable Members,
On 3 May 1999, respected BBC newsreader and former African correspondent, George Alagiah, wrote in a piece for The Guardian (of London) that, and I quote: “For most people who get their view of the world from TV, Africa is a faraway place where good people go hungry, bad people run government, and chaos and anarchy are the norm. My job is to give a fuller picture. But I have a gnawing regret that, as a foreign correspondent, I have done Africa a disservice too often showing the continent at its worst and too rarely showing it in full flower.” End quote.
Making a bad situation worse is that even Africans themselves contribute to the negative African narrative.
In a study of Afro-pessimism online in 2011, Matha Evans highlights that, and I quote: “Online expatriate responses to events in South Africa perpetuate its